Despite her low altitude, Luanda has a surprisingly low humidity, while temperature is stable all year round.
Although the capital city is still recovering from the wars which ravaged the country since the 1970s, the onset of the 21st century has witnessed big boom in construction following peace and the sense of stability which has brought in many foreign investors.
Luanda was founded by families of settlers and soldiers in 1575 as Säo Paaulo de Loanda. By the late 16th century, Luanda had become the main port from where Brazil-bound slaves departed. 1844 saw the opening of the city’s port to foreign ships which resulted in a major boom following the end of slavery 1836. By 1972, Luanda had acquired the tag “Paris of Africa.”
Located on the Atlantic coast, Luanda is divided into ten municipalities, and it offers so much to do and lots more to see. From historical landmarks, like chapels-turned-museums where slaves were baptized before being taken away, to vantage spots where you can indulge in whale watching, surfing and other interesting activities.
In 2012, Luanda was rated the most expensive city in the world, retaining the honors the following year.